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Appalachian Theater Given Original 1938 Program

Representatives of the newly formed Appalachian Theatre of the High Country, Inc. recently received the donation of an original 1938 opening night program of the Appalachian Theatre.  Pam Fisher presented the program to John Cooper, chair of the theatre’s board of trustees. Full Story

Schools: 10 Days and Counting

Student enrollment and parent consent forms will be provided as needed at school and are also available on the parent links page of the Watauga County Schools website (
Orientation at the high school should be attended by all high school students and their parents. Full Story

Avery Fire Coverage Funded with Stop-Gap

Fire and emergency response in Avery is assured—at least for the time being—after the Avery County Commissioners met with the Fire Commission, the Avery Fire Association, and Fire Chiefs along with Attorney Katherine Hemphill representing the Fire Association Tuesday night. Full Story

ASU on Princeton "Best in Southeast" List

Appalachian State University is among 138 colleges included in The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Southeast” section of its website feature “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region” released Aug. 5. The “regional best” colleges constitute only 25 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges, Full Story

Watauga 4th Worst For Wrecks in State

Here’s a list we don’t want to be on—for three years straight, Watauga is one of the most dangerous places to drive in North Carolina—that from a report released by AAA Carolinas. Watauga is joined by Pitt, New Hanover and Person counties in topping the AAA Carolinas annual list of North Carolina's

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ASU First With One-Of-A-Kind Weather Rig

How important is it to know the exact weather when you invite some 30,000 people to an event.  Apparently pretty darn important for the athletics department at Appalachian State University, where there is a first-in-the world weather station now in operation at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Full Story

Felon Found with Firearms, Stolen Goods

Last Thursday, the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division arrested Jason Eli Brown during a traffic stop.  Brown, a convicted felon, was found in possession of 7 stolen firearms, a stolen flat screen television, 2 stolen laptops, and additional items that

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Teen's Body Recovered in Banner Elk Pond

There’s still no word on the identity of the 14-year old boy who drowned in Banner Elk, found in the waters of the Mill Pond last night.  The boy was found around 7:30 last night after a search had been launched for a boy missing from a group from Grandfather Home for Children Full Story

Chancellor Search Committee Set

The executive committee of Appalachian State University’s Board of Trustees has approved the initial membership of the chancellor search committee, which includes seven members of the board. Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock announced in April his plans to step down as chancellor Full Story

Boone, Rutherford SO, Charge Boone Teen

Boone Police and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office worked together to make the arrest of a Boone man on numerous felony charges this week.  The charges stem from crimes committed in both Boone and Forest City, according to the police release, which says that on July 17th, Full Story

DA Wilson to Retire; Plugs ADA as Replacement

Jerry Wilson, who has served as 24th district attorney for 12 years, announced his retirement at the end of his current term, which ends at the end of next year.  In making the announcement, Wilson offered advice for the communities of the 24th district in making the selection of a new DA, Full Story

Springer Announces for 24th DA's Job

Within a short period of time after Wilson’s announcement, Britt Springer announced her candidacy for Wilson's job. She said, in part, "After serving the people of North Carolina as an Assistant District Attorney for the last 10 years, I am now formally announcing that I will be seeking Full Story

A 'Worthwhile' Anniversary; 90 Years of Service

There’s a birthday celebrated for all of 2013—a 90th birthday for a local organization that’s been working—mostly behind the scenes—for those 90 years here in Boone.  Baben Patricelli of the Worthwhile Women’s Club of Boone, told how the club started back in 1923, ”Where the Turchin Full Story

Football Camp Opens Friday; Media Day Saturday

Football season officially begins in the High Country on Friday when Appalachian State University football opens fall camp with its first practice of the year at Kidd Brewer Stadium. One-hundred and five players Full Story

Peacock Takes New National Committee Post

Dr. Kenneth Peacock, looking to end his ten year tenure as Chancellor at ASU next year is taking on a new job, just as the committee that will seek his replacement is getting underway with theirs. Dr. Peacock has been appointed chairman of the American Council on Education Full Story

Work to Restore NC 194 Could Begin Today

Work could begin today to reconstruct the section of NC 194 that slid down the mountainside July 15th. NC DOT Spokesman Jerry Higgins said that a meeting took place yesterday that finalized plans for just how the project will progress, saying that all local contractors are being used Full Story

Ashe Native Blamed, Defended in Fire Actions

The deputy director of the Arizona State Forestry Division is himself being criticized after blaming the leader of the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew of 19 firefighters all killed after getting trapped in a fierce Arizona inferno in June.  But other firefighters and authorities are defending Ashe native Full Story

DOT Awards Maymead 22 Miles of Repaving

A $3.3 million contract has been awarded to Maymead, Inc. of Mountain City, Tenn. by the N.C. Department of Transportation to resurface 21.8 miles of primary and secondary roads in Avery and Watauga counties. Work can begin as early as Aug. 26 and be completed by June 27, 2014. Full Story

Avery Jurors for August 6th 'Released'

Jurors called for Tuesday August 6th for the Avery County court session do not need to report for jury duty. The Avery Clerk of Courts office announced today that the jurors have been released for the week.

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